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PUSH Articles - July 2018

Tech Ideas for Summer Travel, Pam Holland, TechMoxie (Approx. 892 words). She just returned from a wonderful 12-day trip for a wedding and a week's vacation shared with family and friends. Even though they did their best to disconnect from technology, this article covers some of the technology tools they used both in planning and during their travels.

Tech on Travel, Greg Skalka, Under the Computer Hood UG (Approx. 1574 words). Many of us will be taking trips, and a lot of the technology we use at home will be traveling with us. All these devices and services can be a big help in planning a trip.

The Facebook Dilemma, Sun City Summerlin Computer Club (Approx. 501 words). Facebook can feel relatively innocent and passive. It's an application we use to get information, keep in touch with friends and family, and be entertained by posts from Facebook friends…. But, we've recently learned Facebook was a major provider of "Fake news."

The 'huge cultural change' sparked by computers, John Stampfel, Brookdale Computer UG (Approx. 767 words). You are a computer user. How often do you use your computer? Of source, if you are reading this article, you are using a computer - of some sort.

Freshly Squeezed Reviews - Thumbs Up, Downie, Frank Petrie (Approx. 882 words). If you love collecting video or audio media from the Internet for your personal use, this is the app of your dreams.

Websites from WAUC, (Approx. 545 words) Great filler for your newsletter.

What is a Word Cloud?, Dorothy Fitch, GVR Computer Club (Approx. 210 words). A word cloud is a design made of words that you choose. Dorothy's article covers two sites she has used to create word clouds. I used one to create a word cloud for David Shulman's security articles.

Windows 10 Spotlight Pictures - How to Find and Save Them, Tom Burt, Sun City Summerlin Computer Club (Approx. 661 words). One of the neat features in Windows 10 is the ability to set up the lock / login screen's background wallpaper to a rotating set of interesting, beautiful, curated images provided by Microsoft. Tom's article show you how to do this….

Windows 10 April 2018 Update, David Kretchmar, Sun City Summerlin Computer Club (Approx. 490 words). Another article on Timeline + additional features.

Browsing Incognito, Mary Phillips, ICON (Approx. 198 words). Are you tired of your browser keeping track of the sites you visit on the Internet so it can send you ads in which it thinks you're interested? Every browser I know of has an option for "In Private" browsing that ensures your Internet history and activity are removed as soon as you close all private windows.

Cast Your Smartphone - What your Smartphone?, Phil Sorrentino, Sarasota Technology UG (Approx. 1169 words). How would you like to show all the pictures that are on your phone on your big screen TV? HDMI comes to mind as an obvious solution but, unfortunately, most phones don't have an HDMI connection. There is another mechanism….

Computer Fundamentals #1, Dan Douglas, Space Coast PCUG (Approx. 628 words). Computing is all about taking some input, doing something with it and producing some output. How this evolved into today's pervasive technology is amazing. This article begins with the 1880 census.

Computer Fundamentals #2 (Approx. 636 words). This article examines two core parts that make any computer more than an assortment of electronic components: the OS and apps.

Computer Fundamentals #3 (Approx. 813 words). This article examines the evolution of Operating Systems and what files are.

Computer Fundamentals #4 (Approx. 677 words) examines the more common well-known programming languages.

Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar in MS Word, Mary Phillips, ICON (Approx. 184 words). Customizing the QAT makes it easier to use Word. Have you customized yours?

Digital Camera Anatomy, Dick Maybach, Brookdale CUG (Approx. 1677 words). This is the first of three articles on digital cameras covering their anatomy, how their processors control them, and how they process the captured images.

Digital Camera Control and Image Capture (Approx. 1702 words).

Gmail has a new interface, Matt Batt, The Computer Club (Approx. 427 words). Gmail is now the most popular email service with over 1 billion users. Are you using the new Gmail? Matt's article contains info about some of the new features.

Gnome Maps, Cal Esneault, Cajun Clickers Computer Club (Approx.385 words). Anyone who has used Google to search for an item would not be surprised to soon receive numerous advertisements for similar merchandise. To minimize tracking of your travels, give Gnome Maps a try.

How to Succeed in Technology (While Trying Really Hard), Greg Skalka, Under the Computer Hood UG (Approx. 2344 words). You may be able to succeed in some things without really trying but dealing with technology is not typically one of them. Technology is simply putting science to practical use to solve our problems.

I am Not a Robot, Greg Skalka (Approx. 1068 words). You've seen the wavy, distorted text to translate on log-in pages on the web. You've had to match images to words to be allowed to buy concert tickets. You've even had to check a box that says "I am not a robot" to sign up for a web service. Are robots taking over the world?

Interesting Internet Finds - June, Steve Costello (Approx. 445 words). Can I cancel an Amazon order after it's shipped? Hoopla Helps You Enjoy the Library from the Comfort of Your Home and much more….

Location - Where are you now?, Phil Sorrentino, Sarasota Technology UG (Approx. 997 words). Location, Location, Location has been the real estate mantra for a very long time, indicating how important location is to the value of a property. This location is about a fixed location. This article is about your mobile communicating location.

Making Room on a Full Hard Drive, Hewie Poplock, Sarasota Technology UG (Approx. 631 words). Hewie was starting to panic. His C-drive on his main computer was becoming unsafe as he was using up all its free space. He was down to 8GB free. This article details the steps he took so the drive didn't crash.

Mission: All knowledge recorded for everyone's free use; a review of the April Golden Gate Computer Society meeting, Mike Hancock (Approx. 583 words). A review of their presentation on the Internet Archive (, a San Francisco non-profit that has archived 100,000 software titles, 2 million moving images…..

Open Source Initiative (OSI) Celebrates 30 Years, Cal Esneault, Cajun Clickers Computer Club (Approx. 465 words). Happy birthday to the OSI.

Organize your Apps on your iPhone and iPad, Jim Cerny, Sarasota Technology UG (Approx. 609 words). Are you enjoying your iPhone and/or iPad? Quite amazing devices, and they offer so much. Jim's article covers organizing your apps to make them more accessible.

Personal Computer Databases, an Overview, Tom Burt, Sun City Summerlin Computer Club (Approx. 1235 words). Tom has spent much of his career in software development with various database programs; this article is an overview of what database technology is available for regular personal computer users.

Photography: Size does matter, Part 1, David Stonier-Gibson, Melbourne PCUG (Approx. 507 words). This article is on Sensor size.

Part 2, (Approx. 632 words) Last month the article was about a large image sensor, this article is about the opposite.

Review: Tech Nite, March 2018 - Saying Goodbye to Cable, Paul Stackhouse, Central Kentucky Computer Society (Approx. 638 words). It's clear the climbing cost of cable service has caused hundreds, or maybe thousands of Lexingtonians (KY) to look for lower cost options.

Security Tips for April, David Shulman, Westchester PCUG (Approx. 496 words). Those little packets marked "do not eat" or the capsules protecting medicine have an important use if you act now. Did you ever accidently wet the remote control for your car or TV? Ever wet your phone? Read this article to find how you can use the little packets to solve some problems.

Security Tips for May (Approx. 527 words). Are the headlines describing one security breach upon another causing you to pay attention? David continues to be flabbergasted and upset by the news each month. Where to begin? Saks Fifth Avenue? Lord and Taylor? Delta? Sears? Panera? Facebook?

Setting LibreOffice Options, Cal Esneault, Cajun Clickers Computer Club (Approx. 414 words). LibreOfficfe started as a fork of and has become the standard for most Linux distributions. Cal gives you some ideas on how to customize the program to fit your personal needs and tastes.

Spring Creators Update for Windows, Rosita Herrick, Sarasota Technology UG (Approx. 466 words). During her years of working with large mainframe computers, there used to be a saying: "Just as you get used to today, along comes tomorrow and everything changes." And it has again with Windows 10. This article covers Timeline.

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